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Cradle of a Nation (1947)

This Traveltalks visit to the Commonwealth of Virginia showcases some of its many historical sites. The first stop is Mount Vernon, where George Washington lived most of his life. We also ... See full summary »

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This Traveltalks visit to the Commonwealth of Virginia showcases some of its many historical sites. The first stop is Mount Vernon, where George Washington lived most of his life. We also visit the home of president Thomas Jefferson and the birthplace of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. There are also stops at Charlottesville (University of Virginia); Williamsburg, the colonial capital; and other cities. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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13 December 1947 (USA)  »

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Average documentary on Virginia from the TravelTalk series...
4 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This documentary from James A. FitzPatrick on Virginia, opens on a view of Mt. Vernon, where a new nation was being cradled under the auspices of America's first president, George Washington. Paintings of George and Martha Washington reveal that they both strongly resembled each other.

We see the home of Robert E. Lee, born in 1807, the great Southern leader who fought for a lost cause. Thomas Jefferson's home resembles the Selznick version of Twelve Oaks from GWTW with its imposing pillars and structural similarities. The narration reveals that Jefferson was the author of the first anti-slave bill.

Imposing pillars are on display in fine Southern style when we visit the a military institute built in 1839 for training young men in battle. Stonewall Jackson is said to have trained young men at Virginia Military Institute.

CRADLE OF A NATION closes with a view of Colonial Williamsburg with its courthouse, its Governor's Palace built in 1720, and some monuments, including Pocahontas of legendary fame.


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